A Swordsman’s Adventures in London – Day 5 – Sparring with Tempus Fugitives

Going up a day late because of technical difficulties.

The last day in London and I nerd out in the Wallace Collection before heading off and hanging with Tempus Fugitives.

Tempus Fugitive instructors are experts at combining the physical exercise and coordination of fencing with the history of social credit systems in society and how it influenced the development of fencers.

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A Swordsman’s Adventures in London – Day 4 – Shastar Vidya

Today I visit the V&A for a real treat. Handling the sources and knowing that these were penned (or at the very least, they were commissioned to be made by) the old masters is a wonderful and humbling experience.

I then visited Asante Lawla who teaches Shastar Vidya, an Indian weapons based martial art.

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A Swordsman’s Adventures in London – Day 3 – London Historical Fencing Club

Disclaimer: I actually really like Filipo Vadi as a source, but I can’t let anyone else know that.

I travelled to the resting site of William Marshal at Temple Church. Marshal was a knight who won fame in tournaments, fought a war against Henry II before serving him, travelled to Jerusalem, oversaw the signing of the Magna Carta and defended England against a French invasion in his seventies, by riding into battle at Lincoln.

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A Swordsman’s Adventures in London – Day 2 – Scholar Gladatoria

I continue my week in the footsteps of the old masters by travelling to train with other instructors. Checking out the British Museum and all the cool stuff we nicked from other cultures. I then visit Schola Gladatoria run by Matt Easton who are one of the most well known HEMA groups in Britain, if not the world.

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A Swordsman’s Adventures in London – Day 1 – London Longsword Academy

Let’s go and fight London.

Hey everybody, I realize it’s been a long time since I’ve made one of these videos, but I haven’t really been inspired by anything. I’ve been focusing more on teaching and getting involved in other classes and things like that. It’s really helped me as a teacher and as a fencer to investigate the ways in which other teachers teach. And normally, the only opportunities I get to do this are when I go to places like Dijon, like Fight Camp and others, where there are workshops being run by other instructors.

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How to level up by being a good partner…

I’ve recently started a new martial art and I’m really enjoying being the ‘new guy, again. BJJ (Brazilian jiujutsu) is unlike any martial art I’ve done before because it doesn’t involve striking. It can make for some very frustrating situations where I end up thinking, “yeah, nah. I’d just punch him in the junk, I reckon.” As this is something …

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Blades for Dayz – Episode 33 – Jessica Finley

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Jessica Finley is one of my HEMA heroes and I am excited as hell to talk to her. We talk about wrestling in armour and representation in HEMA. I got a lot out of this one. Find out more here https://sites.google.com/ritterkunst.com/ritterkunstturnhalle/ and here https://www.patreon.com/jessfinley. Brought to you by Tempus Fugitives. Visit www.tempusswords.co.uk for the UK or www.tempusswords.eu for the EU!

Blades for Dayz – Episode 32 – Richard Hughes

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Brought to you by Tempus Fugitives. Visit www.tempusswords.co.uk for all your HEMA needs. Richard Hughes is the Leader of the Order of the Blade (www.orderoftheblade.com) which has opened up five branches in the midlands over the past few years. We talk about what it takes to operate those schools and making time for yourself.

Blades for Dayz – Episode 31 – Graham Bell

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Brought to you by Tempus Fugitives. Visit www.tempusswords.co.uk for all your HEMA needs. Graham Bell is a champion Judoku who has competed and won in several national tournaments. These days he is a sports therapist that has aided many national teams with their physical health. For more information, visit: https://www.cardiffgait.co.uk/.

Blades for Dayz – Episode 30 – Shanee Nishry

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Blades for Dayz – Episode 30 – Shanee Nishry



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Brought to you by Tempus Fugitives. Visit www.tempusswords.co.uk for all your HEMA needs. Shanee Nishry is a devotee of body mechanics in a Historical European Martial Arts context. We talk about her travel abroad and setting up her own school. Shanee is the founder of Stratford Swords, find out more here: https://stratford-swords.co.uk/.